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  • Beyer Leads Letter to HHS Secretary Azar Condemning ACA Sabotage
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) today led a letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to cease changes to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplace standards which increase premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The proposed change to how applicable percentages and maximum out-of-pocket limit are adjusted each year is the latest in a long list of efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the ACA and will make care more expensive and less accessible for ... Read more

  • Beyer Hails Passage Of SECURE Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Veterans

    Rep. Beyer issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act: “This bipartisan legislation will help Americans retire with greater financial security while fixing huge problems with the GOP tax law. I’m very happy to see the near-unanimity of this bill in the House, and hope we see swift movement on it in the Senate. I also hope my Republican colleagues will take the lesson from this th... Read more

  • House Delegation Introduces Bipartisan Military Spouse Hiring Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Veterans

    Today, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19), along with Reps. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Don Beyer (VA-08), Mike Kelly (PA-16), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), and Don Bacon (NE-02) introduced H.R. 2912, the bipartisan Military Spouse Hiring Act, legislation that incentivizes employers to hire spouses of members of the United States Armed Forces. Unemployment rates for military spouses far exceed that of the national average and this bill would help close that gap by expanding the Work Opportunity... Read more

  • Beyer Calls For Impeachment Inquiry
    Posted in Press Releases on May 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today issued the following statement: “The time has come for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Trump. “Endorsing such a course is not easy, and I do not do so lightly, but I believe that the President has left Congress no other option but to pursue it. When I came to Congress I swore an oath ‘to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’ “President Trump has shown utter con... Read more

  • Beyer, Connolly, Wexton Urge OPM To Expand Telework Flexibility During Upcoming Metro Shutdown
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Federal Employees, Transportation

    Today Virginia Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, and Jennifer Wexton sent a letter urging the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to issue guidance to federal agencies expanding telework options during the upcoming Metro shutdown. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) Platform Improvement Project will close six Yellow and Blue Line stations in Northern Virginia from May 25 to September 8. They wrote: “In the past, the Office of Personnel Management has issued guidance for ... Read more

  • Beyer Introduces Legislation To Fix Error That Raised Taxes On Survivor Benefit Payments To Children Of First Responders
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy, Veterans, Oversight of the Administration

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced legislation to remedy a change in tax code which drastically increased tax burdens on the child survivors of first responders. The tax increase, caused by the 2017 GOP tax bill, was brought to Beyer’s attention by a constituent whose family members, the children of a deceased firefighter, had been hit with such a tax increase. “Fixing this unfair tax hike on the children of first responders is the right thing to do,” said Rep. Beyer. “This problem with the ... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer Statement on Passage of the Equality Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 17, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Rep. Don Beyer today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, a bill enshrining nationwide civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans: “This historic vote is the first time a chamber of Congress has passed comprehensive civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. No one should be discriminated against for the person they love or their gender identity and today we took a big step to making that a reality. Today House Democrats kept their promise ... Read more

  • Following UN Report, Udall & Beyer Introduce Bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act to Protect America’s Precious Biodiversity and Help Combat Mass Extinction Crisis
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment

    Today, ahead of Endangered Species Day on May 17, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019 to begin reversing the tide of habitat loss and fragmentation for America’s fish, wildlife, and plant species – a major factor in species decline and extinction. The legislation would give authority to key federal agencies to designate National Wildlife Corridors on federal lands in order to create a comp... Read more

  • Rep. Beyer Votes on Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Today, Rep. Don Beyer voted to pass H.R 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a major piece of legislation that addresses two top concerns of the American people – lowering prescription drug prices and defending vital protections for people with pre-existing conditions. This bill is a critical component of the For The People agenda. “The American people are demanding congressional action to bring prescription drug prices down, and who can blame them,” said ... Read more

  • Beyer: “Pruitt Owes The American People A Lot Of Money”
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Today Rep. Beyer issued the following statement on the report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) outlining wasteful spending on travel by disgraced former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: “The OIG investigation confirms the warnings that I and others made at the time about Scott Pruitt’s gross abuse of his official position. Pruitt owes the American people a lot of money and he should pay them back. The OIG report also makes it clear that P... Read more